No one person changed the face of the 21st century like Steve Jobs. His biographer, Walter Isaacson, says, "His legacy is transforming seven industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, digital publishing, and retail stores. His legacy is creating what became the most valuable company on earth. . . . He was a genius at connecting art to technology, of making leaps based on intuition and imagination."
Isaacson explored Jobs’ personal stories by means of more than 40 interviews in which he and Jobs went walking, or sat in Jobs’ garden, while Isaacson just let him talk. Aware of Jobs’ legendary "Reality Distortion Field," Isaacson supplemented these informal talks by interviewing over 100 of Jobs’ friends, enemies, colleagues, and competitors.
The result is a vivid, if incomplete, portrait of a man who was ruled by contradictions: he was a counterculturist who became a billionaire through business; he was harsh to those he most inspired. Further, Jobs demanded no editorial control over the content of this biography. He did not even read it before his death at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011.
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Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Kissinger: A Biography, is CEO of the Aspen Institute. He is former chairman of CNN and managing editor of Time magazine. Isaacson currently lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.
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From the author of the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Steve Jobs.
Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than one hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written or for the right to read it before it was published. He made nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly, and he himself speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that came as a result.
Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values. Download and start listening now!